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Ex-council candidate charged with abusing 87-year-old mother


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Bethesda man who was once a Montgomery County Council candidate for District 1 is accused of seriously injuring and abusing his 87-year-old mother.

At about 3 a.m. Friday, Montgomery County fire personnel responded to a home on the 6000 block of Beech Avenue shared by James Kirkland, 57, and his mother for a report of a sick patient.

While the woman was being transported to the hospital, paramedics noticed she had signs of neglect and abuse.

Md. karate teacher who taped sex acts with students fled country


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Montgomery County karate teacher who taped sex acts with male students has fled the country, according to police.

Alexander Soumbadze, 26, of Bethesda is being charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography. Police believe he fled the country on April 3 to Georgia. Police also said he is the son of diplomats.

Police say they have videos of Soumbadze touching and engaging in sexual acts with young males in a Chevy Chase karate studio. They're looking for the victims in the videos.

A person was uploading child pornography on the Internet in December 2014, police said. Investigators were able to track the address to Soumbadze's Bethesda home.

Man sets 3 cars on fire in Montgomery County


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man who set three cars on fire in Bethesda has been arrested, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

Mansour Benkreira, 20, of Bethesda was arrested and is being charged with three counts of arson, according to officials.

The incidents happened around 6 a.m. Thursday. Two of the cars were located along Glenbrook Road and the other was on Wessling Lane.


NIH Ebola patient discharged


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- The American healthcare worker who was admitted to the NIH Clinical Center in March with Ebola has discharged in good condition, the hospital announced Thursday.

The patient was admitted to the clinical center on March 13 in critical condition after contracting Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone.

NIH says the patient is no longer contagious to the community.

The patient was the second person treated for Ebola at the NIH. Both patients were eventually cleared of the virus.

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Window washers stuck on 13th floor in Bethesda rescue themselves


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two window washers rescued themselves after being stranded on the 13th floor of a building in Bethesda Saturday afternoon, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

The workers were stuck in the 7700 block of Woodmont Ave, around 4 p.m., officials said. They broke into a wall on the 13th floor to get inside of the building.

Neither of them were injured, officials said.

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Ebola patient at NIH in critical condition


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9/AP) -- The American healthcare worker admitted to the The National Institutes of Health (NIH) with Ebola is in critical condition.

The patient's status changed on Monday from serious to critical. No additional details have been released about the patient at this time.

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The patient was admitted to NIH Friday. According to NIH, the healthcare worker tested positive for the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone after volunteering in an Ebola treatment unit.

Broken gas line in Bethesda prompts evacuations


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Residents of a Bethesda neighborhood were evacuated after a construction crew broke a high pressure gas line, according to Montgomery County Fire Officials.

The break happened in the 4800 block of Montgomery Lane, the area has been closed off.

About 30 people were evacuated and relocated to the Bethesda Library, according to fire officials. Some residents sheltered in place.

Woodmont Avenue is blocked at Montgomery Lane.

The Montgomery County Hazmat unit is also responding to the scene.